Lafarge’s proposed 1.1Mt greenfield cement plant in limestone-rich Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya has hit a roadblock, with locals opposing it on environmental grounds.
This is the company’s second project that has hit a roadblock in Meghalaya. The first one is Lafarge’s limestone mining project in the East Khasi Hills to feed its cement plant at Chhatak, Sunamganj, Bangladesh. Hundreds of people of the Nongkhlieh, the village where the plant is proposed, yesterday foiled a move by officials of the district council to carry out a survey of the area and warned against issuing any no-objection certificate (NOC) to the company.
Holding black flags and placards, local villagers demonstrated at the site, contending that the proposed plant would lead to degradation of the environment and cause disharmony among the inhabitants of the area.
Lafarge recently obtained single-window clearance from the Meghalaya government and NOC from the Dorbar (traditional tribal village council) of Nongkhlieh village. The protesting crowd also shouted slogans against the Dorbar chief and demanded his resignation for granting the NOC to the company.